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Physical Therapy Aide

Union County College

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES125
Hours: 150
Fees: $1895.00 USD

Overview

In this online program, you will master all the skills you need to begin a career as a physical therapy aide. You will learn what physical therapy entails, identify the responsibilities of a PT aide, and develop a working knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology. In addition, you will get a solid grounding in patient care skills, infection control, and the legal and ethical regulations that affect healthcare providers. By the end of the program, you will be fully prepared to obtain an entry-level position as a PT aide in a healthcare facility.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapy Aide program, you will:

  • Have a fundamental understanding of the practice of physical therapy and the differences between PTs, PTAs, and PT aides.
     
  • Be familiar with the organization of the human body and important anatomical terminology.
     
  • Understand the basics of pathology, vital signs, and principles of treatment.
     
  • Be knowledgeable about the history of infection control, specific types of pathogens, transmission of infection, the disease process, and how to prevent the spread of infection.
     
  • Be able to identify the causes, risk factors, staging, treatment, and prevention of pressure ulcers.
     
  • Understand the anatomy of the spine, proper posture, and correct body mechanics.
     
  • Know how to transfer patients safely in a variety of settings.
     
  • Understand the features and functions of wheelchairs.
     
  • Appreciate the complexity of a normal gait pattern and how different types of disorders affect gait.
     
  • Know the basics about ambulation aids.
     
  • Be prepared to assist patients with ambulation-related activities.
     
  • Be familiar with the correct way to position and drape patients.
     
  • Have a basic understanding of the anatomy of the body’s muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.
     
  • Understand principles of treatment of the muscular and skeletal systems.
     
  • Understand principles of treatment of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems.
     
  • Be familiar with the rest of the body’s organ systems.
     
  • Know how to communicate effectively in a physical therapy setting.
     
  • Be aware of the legal and ethical issues that affect PT aides.
     
  • Be prepared to begin your search for employment as a PT aide.

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